picnic spot

Stage Fort Park Playground

Stage Fort Park Playground – 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA Highlights: This playground sits in a park that could provide an entire morning or afternoon of fun. There are two beaches, plenty of picnic space, and several places for scenic photo-ops. Bummers: There was clearly an old metal playground here before the new one was built, and nobody has […] Read more…

Swasey Field

Highlights: This is a big, pretty park with a large well-kept playground and a cute splash pad separated by a rock wall. The sloping field makes for an enticing picnic spot. Bummers: There was a gang and drug related shooting here in May 2016 during a little league game. We had not heard about this when we visited […] Read more…

Shedd Park

Shedd Park – 433 Rogers Street Lowell, MA Highlights: This is a newer playground with lots of space to run around and structures suited for younger and older kids. Bummers: The splash pad is only open on weekends until July, which is stupid considering how hot the weekdays in June can be, and how short […] Read more…

Moseley Woods

Moseley Woods – 28 Spofford St., Newburyport (tip: entrance is directly off of the rotary) Highlights: The giant dinosaur “fossil” was the motivation for our visit to this park. Kids can walk under it and climb on it. In addition to a swingset and a playground structure with slides there is also a zip-line and a nice wide walking […] Read more…

Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach – State Reservation Road, Salisbury MA Salisbury Beach is Hampton Beach’s next-door neighbor to the south. It’s “boardwalk” area is much smaller but equally tacky and filled with junk food vendors and arcade games. The beach is accessible at the boardwalk and there is some metered street parking, as well as a pay […] Read more…

Ballardvale Playground

Highlights: Ballardvale Playground is in a well kept, pretty park off of a busy road in Andover. If your kid likes trains, this is their dream come true because Ballardvale Station is right on the other side of the chain link fence, and at certain times of day there are trains going by every few […] Read more…

Simonds Park

Simonds Park – Corner of Bedford Street & Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA Highlights: This park is huge and has a lot to offer. Bummers: Def What’s Nearby: Wayside Commons, Burlington Mall, Burlington Town Common, Burlington Public Library. Cambridge street near the park has a Dunkin Donuts, Papa Gino’s, and ice cream shop and an independent coffee […] Read more…

Funway Park Londonderry

Funway Park – Nelson Road, Londonderry NH Highlights: This is a cute farm-themed playground with two separate structures that incorporate barn designs and faux hay bales as steps. There is a roller slide, seesaw, ride-on bouncers, body weight propelled saddle spinners, slides, a rope web for climbing, swings (four regular, two infant), a tunnel and […] Read more…

Ipswich River Park

Ipswich River Park – 15 Central Street, North Reading MA Highlights: This is a huge, gorgeous park with something for everyone. In addition to the playground and sandbox for kids, you can launch a canoe or kayak, jog or walk pathways and trails, have a picnic, shoot hoops, throw horseshoes, play tennis, skateboard, ride bikes […] Read more…

Endicott Park

Highlights: This is a stunningly beautiful park with a lovely playground, a pond, well-manicured lawns, a wooded trail and a small barn with live animals. It’s a local favorite for family photoshoots and parties – you’ll probably see at least one while you’re there. Bummers: If you’re on the playground and someone suddenly needs the […] Read more…

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